Rachel Krantz

Writer & Editor

Location icon Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Krantz is the Senior Writer at Mercy For Animals, where she writes about veganism. She is also a contributing and founding editor of Bustle. She is the host of the podcast Honestly Though. Her work has also been featured on The Huffington Post, NPR, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Newsweek, Vice, High Times, Salon, AlterNet, Jezebel, XOJane, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, VegNews Magazine, The Lily, Popsugar, and elsewhere.

She’s the recipient of the Peabody Award, The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights International Radio Award, The Investigative Reporters and Editors Radio Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for her work as an investigative reporter for Youth Radio.

Her beats include: Travel & immersion journalism, sex, non-monogamy, vegan lifestyle & food, cannabis culture, feminism. Get in touch at [email protected]

Portfolio
BuzzFeed News
15 Books For People Questioning The Idea Of "Happily Ever After"

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about what "happily ever after" means to me. Ever since I entered into my first open relationship three years ago, I've found myself questioning nearly all the romantic storylines that influenced me most - from Beauty and the Beast to Beyoncé - and trying to figure out what I would actually like my life to look like if I wrote it.

BuzzFeed News
16 Breakup Books That Won't Make You Feel Bad About Breaking Up

When you're going through a breakup, a good book can be a source of great comfort. Personally, my taste in breakup books is very particular. When my recent heartbreak was at its most raw, I basically had no patience for anything that wasn't contemporary fiction written by a woman, with a female narrator who had a slightly depressive and honest-yet-droll voice - aka, voices that mirrored my interior one.

LIVEKINDLY
12/06/2018
I Was Never An 'Animal Person' But I Still Went Vegan

I certainly never identified as an animal lover. My parents gave away our dog shortly after I was born-the two of us proved too much work, and human trumped canine-and that more or less set the tone. There was Benny, the outdoor cat I disliked for his total lack of interest in me; Joey, the ...

POPSUGAR Love & Sex
11/16/2017
What Really Happens During "Young Swingers Week" at a Clothing-Optional Resort

Image Source: Unsplash / Yoann Boyer By the time we arrived the clothing-optional resort in Jamaica called Hedonism for Young Swingers Week, my boyfriend Jesse and I had already been on vacation for five days - and hadn't had sex in even longer. We'd been staying at a fancy, romantic resort down the beach in Negril, Jamaica.

Bustle
05/06/2016
I Tested Out My Escape Fantasy

The fantasy: my partner Jesse and I move somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It's so cheap that we can easily live off our savings for at least a year. There's no cell reception and, ideally, no internet. We rent a cabin in the middle of the woods an

POPSUGAR
03/02/2018
The Sexiest Vacations For Truly Adventurous Couples

Maybe the idea of going to a resort where you can be naked and hook up with other couples sounds like your worst nightmare. Or maybe you already are in a nonmonogamous relationship, or are otherwise "in the lifestyle," and it sounds amazing.

Marie Claire
01/25/2016
How I Accidentally Became Engaged to Myself

At a pre-conference happy hour, getting tipsy off of free cucumber-and-strawberry puree cocktails, I'd been playing with the silver and turquoise band I wore on my left ring finger. A woman who was also presenting at the conference was telling me about her decision not to have children.

HuffPost
03/05/2014
A Woman on Riding Her Bicycle, and, You Know, Gender

1. My father taught me how to ride a bicycle. Circling around the empty weekend schoolyard, we were a postcard for normalcy. I felt a distinct comfort sensing that my dad was able to fulfill his expected fatherly duties. I don't recall the day when my training wheels were removed, or the moment when he finally let go.

Salon
05/26/2017
Essential questions to ask yourself before you have sex with someone

No, but really - how does a person have better sex or a better relationship? The Fresh Toast has enlisted Rachel Krantz, a sex writer and proud canna-enthusiast, to help readers out with some answers as its sex columnist. No question is off limits, and all questions will remain anonymous.

Bustle
04/08/2015
Lessons About Dating I Wish I'd Known At 22

Oh God, here I go, writing yet another article about relationships I might come to regret a year from now. Well, that's OK. Your 20s are supposed to be messy and vulnerable that way. For me and many others, this decade has been all about love and wor...

Bustle
08/23/2016
Why Do We Get Jealous In Open Relationships?

Recently, I've become very acquainted with a feeling that I didn't even know I had the capability to feel so strongly: jealousy. Before I decided to try non-monogamy with my current partner, I'd only experienced the feeling in fleeting moments - pass...

Bustle
09/22/2015
Practical Hacks To Get Turned On

It's tricky for me to suggest that you hack your own sexuality. I'm super weary of any advice that tries to "teach" women how to get turned on quickly, because the implication is generally that they should learn how to do so in order to be able to ha...

AFAR Media
07/26/2018
Travelers Are Going Nuts for Vegan Vacations (Even the Omnivores Want In)

Some travelers want to have their cashew cheese lasagna and eat it by the Venice canals, too. But until recently, hotels, restaurants, and tour operators have largely catered to a carnivorous crowd. Although it has become easier to enjoy great vegan and vegetarian food anywhere in the world, traveling herbivores still face an added layer of stress when mealtime rolled around.

VICE
03/26/2018
Veganism Is Growing in Japan, But Followers Say It Isn't Always Easy

The ramen that Yu and I are eating, which has a carrot broth flavored with sweet potato, mushrooms, and a dozen other vegetables, is the best I've had-vegan or otherwise. Even though it's the only vegetarian ramen option at Soranoiro Japanese Soup Noodle Free Style in Tokyo, the staff's shirts all say, in English, "Happy Veggie Life."

GOOD
06/15/2018
New James Cameron Documentary Explores The Athlete Vegan Movement

A new documentary called " The Game Changers " is out to prove that a plant-based diet is the most advantageous one for athletes - or, really, for anyone interested in improving their health. The film, executive produced by "Titanic" and "Avatar" director James Cameron, is slated for release in fall 2018.

GOOD
06/27/2018
Who Is A Fan Of The World Cup? The Answer Might Surprise You.

What do you envision when you think of a World Cup fan? If you're like me, it's a tan, fit guy yelling at the television in almost any language besides English. But according to a new report by DMP Lotame, we're not entirely off.

Eat Sip Trip
05/07/2018
Vegan bars are on the rise

Being vegan doesn't mean saying bye to booze, but the list of alcohol off-limits to vegans is longer than people who consume animal byproducts would think. That's why there's a growing number of bars catering to those of us who want to have dairy-free milk stouts and eat Buffalo cauliflower wings, too.

The Lily (Washington Post)
Ways the meat industry objectifies women

In many ways, we objectify animals and women in the same way. From reducing women and animals to their body parts to the idea that they're "asking for it," advertisements that exploit animals and women abound in a culture that seeks to justify both groups' oppression.

Mentalfloss
08/10/2017
Tips for Finding the Best Vegan Food When Eating Out

In the not too distant past, vegan dining at most restaurants was limited mainly to a side salad. Today, options for vegan food can mean anything from a fried "chicken" sandwich with mashed potatoes, mayo, and gravy to spicy baked " scallops," which are torched tableside.

POPSUGAR Fitness
01/31/2018
What a Vegan Wants You to Know About Protein

But where do you get your protein? It's the question vegans most commonly encounter from nonvegans, who think they need meat, or at least cow's milk, to be strong. Unfortunately, this question is the result of decades of advertising by the meat and dairy industries, which has led Americans to believe they need much more protein than they actually do - often to the detriment of their health.

USA Today
02/20/2018
Tips for traveling internationally as a vegan

Traveling as a vegan may require a little work, but with the right planning, you'll reap great rewards. With so many vegan and vegetarian communities and cuisines to tap into around the world, vegans are well-positioned to enjoy a unique travel experience anywhere they go.

Bustle
12/04/2015
This Is What Vegan Couture Looks Like

One of the most simultaneously exciting and difficult things about going vegan was the amount of clothing I had to get rid of. I realized that the commitment I was making wasn't just about what I eat - all of my many old leather jackets, and wool and...

Hightimes
05/15/2017
We Need to Talk About the Plant Medicine

A joint wrapped in actual 24K gold-leaf paper and stuffed with menthol is passed around, and women begin to nibble on the THC-infused trail mix and slices of pears drizzled with honey. "It's like a spa in your mouth!" one woman with long, flowing hair giggles.

Bustle
02/22/2016
What A Decade On SSRIs Forced Me To Confront

Like a lot of young women, I've been on and off of antidepressants for my entire adult life. I started taking them at 18 because I was having an extremely phobic OCD episode; a response to my parents getting divorced, the prospect of going off to col

Bustle
08/13/2015
What Facial Feminization Surgery Is Really Like

When Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender in Vanity Fair last June, plenty of attention was paid to the way her body had transformed. But the most striking change, to most eyes? Her face. While the resemblance to the person formerly known as Bruce...

Bustle
05/18/2015
Why Doesn't Congress Care What's In Our Tampons?

I remember shaking in the bathroom when I finally got my first period at sixteen, calling up my best friend who'd used tampons for years. How did she get it to go in? How was it supposed to fit up there? Could it get stuck? Though they were a normal ...

Bustle
11/17/2015
I Asked A Plastic Surgeon What I Should Have Done

Somewhere between 27 and 28, I started getting gray hairs, and noticing new lines on my face. I'm still sometimes mistaken for 18, usually by the same types of oblivious older men who think calling someone "babydoll" and otherwise acting like a pedop...

Bustle
05/24/2016
Are High-Waisted Jeans Body Pos Or Oppressive?

Lately, I've been thinking about high-waisted jeans, and what it means that they're still in style. I used to love the look of all my high-waisted clothing - but I especially loved the feeling my high-waisted jeans gave me. With the tight denim creep...

Bustle
01/11/2016
The One PMS Symptom No One Talks About

When it comes to PMSing, most of us feel free to talk openly about being bloated, moody, or craving chocolate; but sometimes, PMS can get much darker than that. Studies have shown that the time before we get our periods can be a hotbed of negative fe...

Bustle
06/24/2014
How To Actually Have a More Positive Body Image

If there's one thing that's become clear to me over the last few years, it's this: Nearly every woman I meet, work with, or assume is perfect probably struggles with her body image. No, we don't all have eating disorders or even disordered eating hab...

Bustle
10/26/2015
Can You Be Too Young To Get A Mastectomy?

Alaura Hernandez was 16 when she found her first lump. She already knew to check her breasts, because, as she puts it, "essentially every woman over the age of 40 on [my dad's] side of my family has had breast cancer." Her mother took her to the doct...

Bustle
01/15/2016
This Is What A Cannabis Wedding Looks Like

Bec Koop, a 30-year-old florist living in Denver, Colorado, has been smoking weed for years. She has endometriosis and severe back pain, and has come to rely on marijuana for pain relief and relaxation. She never thought about combining her love for ...

Bustle
04/20/2016
Why People Are Giving Cannabis To Pets

When her border collie, Ruby, was diagnosed with advanced and inoperable brain cancer, Dina M. was devastated. "I could see how unhappy she was. She became inactive and didn't want to eat," Dina tells Bustle. "I couldn't just stand by and let her suf...

Bustle
02/15/2016
What Staying At A Bud & Breakfast Is Like

The first thing you notice when you walk into the Bud & Breakfast called "B and B 420" is that it's really, really clean. It's that feeling of relief you get when you realize that the place you're staying will be nice - better than nice, nicer th

Ghostwriting

NY Daily News
Want to combat climate change? Eat less meat

A recent survey of 50 Nobel Prize winners found the smartest among us believe that two of the biggest threats to humanity are climate change and President Trump - and we can't rely on the latter to help us resolve the former.

Alternet
Here Are the Legal Loopholes That Allow Farmed Animals to Be Abused and Killed

Farmed animals have no real protections under federal law. Historically, many social movements have advanced legal protections for certain marginalized groups by exposing contradictions. If white people should have the freedom to live unchained, so should black people, who are no different in any relevant way.

GreenBiz
7 meat-free startups changing the future of food

A world without animal agriculture may sound like a distant reality, but many companies and entrepreneurs are turning to plant-based and cruelty-free foods to establish just that. Plant-based meat, cheese and milk offer all the taste and texture of their animal-based counterparts, without the food safety risks, huge ecological footprint or animal suffering.

Teen Vogue
11/22/2017
Here's Where Most of America's Meat ACTUALLY Comes From

In this reported piece, Liz Pachaud, a former undercover investigator for the international animal protection organization Mercy For Animals, explains how factory farms work in the United States. No longer able to see through my tears, I pulled to the side of the road and started sobbing.

HuffPost
09/15/2017
How Gay and Animal Rights Are Connected

In my mid-twenties, I learned firsthand what it's like to be treated violently for being different. A complete stranger attacked me, fractured my skull, and broke my nose in seven places, simply because I am gay. At the time, I was already working as the president of the animal rights organization I'd founded in high school, Mercy For Animals.

The Lily
10/12/2017
Working undercover on a factory farm traumatized me

PERSPECTIVE | We are not powerless Some images in particular still haunt me. I remember one mother pig especially. She was physically worn out and very sick. She was sprawled out in her crate, her snout resting in a mound of stale feed, and she had stopped eating.

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